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João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro

João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro

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João Ricardo’s practice focuses on merger and acquisition transactions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and foreign investments. He counsels public and private companies, business conglomerates, foreign investors and private equity funds in connection with corporate law matters. João Ricardo also assists corporations and shareholders on matters related to corporate governance, strategic investments and assets located in Brazil.


Bachelor of Laws – Universidade de São Paulo (USP)

Master of Laws (LL.M.) – Cornell University Law School, USA

PhD (Candidate) in Corporate Law – Universidade de São Paulo (USP)


Análise Advocacia 500 – Corporate, Pulp & Paper (2019);

Chambers Global – Corporate/M&A (2000-2021);

Chambers Brazil – Corporate/M&A: The Elite (2009-2022);

Euromoney Expert Guides – Best of the Best Latin America, M&A (2016);

IFLR 1000 Financial and Corporate – Leading Lawyer: M&A (2015-2017), Highly Regarded: M&A (2018-2021);

Latin Lawyer 250 – Corporate and M&A, Corporate Governance, Management (2020-2021);

LACCA Approved – Corporate/M&A (2015-2021);

LACCA Thought Leaders – Corporate/M&A (2015-2017, 2019-2020);

The Legal 500 – Leading Lawyer: Corporate/M&A (2012-2019, 2021);

Who’s Who Legal Brazil – M&A and Governance (2014-2020);

Who’s Who Legal Global – M&A and Governance: Corporate Governance, M&A and Governance: M&A (2019-2020);

Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders – Brazil, Corporate Governance (2020), Global Elite – Corporate Governance (2021).


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Brazilian Law Firms Lead LatAm M&A Activity in First Half of 2022

Brazilian law firms dominated the league tables once again for mergers and acquisitions activity in Latin America during the first half of 2022, as an abundance of headwinds hit deal-making around the globe.

The number of deals that closed during the period declined, although those that made it across the finish line produced bigger tickets for law firms.

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Latin Lawyer

Brazil and Mexico’s 2020 M&A volume holds strong, but Colombia and Peru drop

​M&A activity in Latin America’s biggest two markets during the first half of 2020 was consistent with 2019 levels, according to data collected by Latin Lawyer, while Colombia and Peru saw a decrease.

The overall number of M&A deals recorded in Latin America fell in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Our research is based on M&A deals submitted to Latin Lawyer by law firms and that were closed, signed or announced in the first six months of 2020 and 2019.
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